Zaher Nazzal
Nature of Work
Associate Professor
Email Address
[email protected]
Office Phone
(+970) 9 2345113 Ext. 2360

Zaher Nazzal

Nature of Work
Associate Professor
Email Address
[email protected]
Office Phone
(+970) 9 2345113 Ext. 2360
Scientific Research for Clinical Medicine - 7000401
Course Title
Scientific Research for Clinical Medicine
Course Number
Instructor Name
Zaher Nazzal
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
First Semester 2019
Second Semester 2018
First Semester 2018
Second Semester 2017
First Semester 2017
Second Semester 2016
First Semester 2016
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

This course presents the steps of research process including research problem, review of literature, clarifying research designs, population and sampling, measurement, data collection and data analysis. Ethical issues will be considered related to the development and application of research. The emphasis is on the practical ways of conducting clinical and health research. Students will Practice to write a study proposal.

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to provide training in the essential skills of preparing for, conducting and communicating research in the biomedical sciences. This course will assist students in the preparation of their dissertation

Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

On completion of this course, student should be able to:

A. Knowledge and understanding

A.1 Define quantitative and qualitative  research

A.2 Recognize the importance of research in developing evidence-based practice.

A.3 Describe the steps of research process

A.4 Recognize the purpose and process of a literature review.

A.5 Specify Sampling Designs

A.6 Design  a Data Collection Plan

A.7 Identify the methods of Analyzing Quantitative data

A.8 Explain styles of referencing

B- Intellectual skills

B.1 Formulate potential research questions, objectives and hypotheses.

B.2 Compare research methodology and research process in qualitative and quantitative Studies

B.3 Debate the ethical issues related to conducting a research study

 B.4 Identify the appropriate test needed to analyze the results

B.5 Contextualize the findings and results

C- Professional skills

C.1 Design a conceptual framework for a given research title.

C.2 Design a research proposal by following the recommended format.

C.3 Design a questionnaire by applying the appropriate methods.

C.4 Analyze data using the appropriate tests using a statistical program.

C.5 Practice referencing citation using the Endnote program

D. General and transferable skills

D.1 Case study based learning

D.2 Self learning

D.3 Time management

D.4 Work in team

Textbook and References
  1. Stephen B. Designing clinical research, 3rd ED. (The main reference)
  2. Leon Gordis: Epidemiology4th edition, Elsevier 2009
  3. Janet Peacock & Philip Peacock: Oxford Handbook of Medical Statistics – 1st edition 2011
  4. Allan Bluman: Elementary Statistics A Step by Step Approach, 11th edition,  2011
Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
Midterm Exam 30%
Final exam 45%
Proposal 10%
Assignments and in class activities 10%
IRB training 5%